This is part 2 of our 10 part series comparing 360 product viewers. In this review we are taking a look at:
Super tiny jQuery 360 plugin
For those of you who are a post or two behind, we laid out the criteria of this appraisal in our previous post: 18 vital points to consider when choosing a 360 product viewer. We have linked up each criteria's title back to this original post for reference. Let's jump in and see where this script ranks.
Initial load time was 300 milliseconds on our simulated 3G connection, which is very fast. However, we dinged them 2 points because their library doesn't support parallel loading over multiple domains.
Zoom is not possible with this viewer.
No full screen here either.
It's pretty easy to figure out, but it only works when you hover over the tiny box that contains the viewer.
This viewer is very basic. There is no unified experience.
It appears that the developers did not consider disabled individuals whatsoever.
It works on a desktop, but is only able to tie into mouse hover movement which is a bummer, so we dinged them 5 points here.
We got it to work, but the experience was terrible. We can't imagine many users would be able to figure this out.
Well, it is minimalistic which we do like. But it doesn't do all that much at the same time.
This is a very basic viewer. It is not very responsive and jittery on older computers. It also relies on jQuery which tends to slow things down a bit.
If you use this plugin, you're writing code. It's flexible in the worst possible way.
Without any text in the viewer, there isn't a need to change the language. We felt like this was cheating though so we dinged them a point.
There is no automated test suite.
The only way this viewer works is inline.
There is no license specified with this viewer, but it is publicly available on Github. The whole thing is only 27 lines of code so the author probably didn't bother.
It's on Github which is a plus. You could always open an issue there, but no support plan is available.
No integration available for analytics.
No hosting is provided, so it's up to you to figure that out.
This plugin is only 27 lines of code so you can't expect it to provide a lot of functionality. That being said, it leaves a lot to be desired. It's total rating was:
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